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SHIWI, THE LANGUAGE OF ZUNI :::



Special thanks to my friend, Wells Mahkee for contributing his time and effort to the making of these sound files. Wells is born of the Sun clan and is a child of the Badger clan.











This page was developed because we enjoyed hearing our friends in Zuni speak their first language. It isn't meant to be a linguistic study. It is our way of sharing our fascination of the melodic sounds and words spoken in Shiwi.



The Puebloan peoples speak languages of at least two different families. Languages of the Tanoan branch of the Aztec-Tanoan linguistic stock are spoken at 11 pueblos, including Taos, Isleta, Jemez, San Juan, San Ildefonso, and the Hopi pueblo of Hano. Languages of the Keresan branch of the Hokan-Siouan linguistic stock also are limited to Pueblo peopleŚWestern Keresan, spoken at Acoma and Laguna, and Eastern Keresan, at San Felipe, Santa Ana, Sia, Cochiti, and Santo Domingo. The Hopi language, which belongs to the Uto-Aztecan branch of the Aztec-Tanoan linguistic stock, is spoken at all Hopi pueblos except Hano.

Only the Zuni language is unrelated to any of these familes and is spoken no where else on earth. It is a beautiful, melodic language. Today it is being taught in the schools and most Zuni families speak some Shiwi in their homes. Many of the elders speak Shiwi almost exclusively, though they are able to speak and understand English.



Click the links below to hear the words spoken in Shiwi.


THE SIX DIRECTIONS

Above | North | East | South | West | Below

ANIMALS AND INSECTS

Ant | Badger | Bear | Bird | Bobcat | Buffalo | Butterfly | Coyote | Dragonfly | Eagle | Fish | Frog | Hawk/ | Horse | Hummingbird | Lizard | Macaw | Magpie | Mole | Mouse | Mountain Lion | Mountain Sheep | Owl | Rabbit | Serpent | Sheep | Snake | Spider | Stellar Jay | Turtle | Water Strider | Wolf |

THE SACRED COLORS OF THE SIX DIRECTIONS

Multicolor (Above) | Yellow (North) | White (East) | Red (South) | Blue (West) | Black (Below)

WEATHER, HOME, FAMILY & PLACES

Acoma | Clan | Fetishes (Wemawe) | Grand Canyon | Hopi | Laguna | Middle | Navajo | Rain | Rain | Rainbow | Morning | Noon | Evening | Sun | Moon | Mother | Father | Maternal Grandmother | Paternal Grandmother | Grandfather | Hello | Home
| I love you (more correctly translates "I Cherish You"





Visit Ashiwi.org and read their page on the Zuni Language.


An article about Curtis Cook who was instrumental in helping the Zunis save their language.


Edward Wemytewa and his IDIWANAN AN CHAWE THEATER are dedicated to language fluency and cultural revitalization and aimed at restoring the Zuni language through traditional arts and creative expression.

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